Friday, February 18, 2011

2011 goals, so far ....

Remember this?

1. Gather all my books and pack my dresses and get my move on back to my home in the dirty south! It has been an unusual experience living in WV for these past almost 3 years, but now I am oh so ready to go. I've learned a lot and am thankful to a lot of people. I've gained an education with a certification (Eeee! I <3 rhymes)

2. Get my septum pierced. This is kind of a lame goal, but I have wanted to do this since I was 15 years old. I've always been afraid to do it ...It'll hurt, I don't have the right nose for it, what would my Dad say? All of these have prevented me since 18. Well, I'm 23 now and I still want the piercing so I'm going for it!

3. GROW OUT MY HAIR! I've been trying this one for ages. I even had it past my shoulders at one point then lopped it off into fauxhawk. I always love my fauxhawk for about 2 weeks then it starts to grow out and look absolutely ridiculous. As of now it's resting on my shoulders. Going strong! No fauxhawk urges! :D

4. Stick to my work out routine! I'm usually so good about it for a month or so then I skip a day ...then maybe another day then I'm only working out 2 days a week and that just won't do. Fortunately, I've always been a healthy eater so that has benefited me a great deal. Just gotta keep workin' on my fitness.


6. Go hiking more this year. My husband Chris and I have hiked only a few times since moving up to the mountains and I know once we're back in the big 'ol city we'll regret not seeing more trails. I love hiking and have about 3 spots I want to see before the big move. Got my boots by the door waitin' for a warm sunny day! (yeah, right. ew, winter)

7. Take more cooking adventures! Now, I can bake, and not to toot my own horn, but I've become pretty darn good at it (toot toot). I want to try more intricate "real food" recipes. Good thing I've got a decent sized kitchen, a super sweet husband who will lie to me and tell me my food is scrumptious and my Mom's old cookbooks! :) Let the feast begin!

8. Be a better long distance bff. I know that mi amigas have a lot going on in their lives as well as I do, but letters are a must! I love writing them, even if it's just a silly poem about a unicorn or what I have just said to them on the phone. It's better on paper. They know I love and adore each and everyone of them (at least, I hope they do <3) but I need to display it more. 

It's a week shy of two months into the new year, so let's see how I'm doing.

1. That is one I have to wait on. Chris and I have been looking at apartments online until we can get our butts down to GA and go on a real apartment hunt. We've been saving all of our extra for the big move and have even started a moving box collection that is kind of eating half of the apartment. When I look around though, we really don't have that much to move. I expect that this venture will be a snap.

2. Done and done! I finally did it and I LOVE IT! I always turn it up when I am around family though because I just don't want to have to hear how they think this or that. I wish they'd kind of shut up :D

3. Well I am still growing my hair out. It was barely resting on my shoulders when I decided that I needed to trim it, and I really did need a trim. Unfortunately, the lady I went to decided that I needed a cute lil' bob, only it wasn't cute. Ugh. I'm still growing it out and working on it. I've been using some excellent shampoo and have been doing conditioning treatments when needed and I have to say, this is the healthiest my hair has ever been. So, I guess this goal is a year long one.

4. Okay, my work-out routine. It's not every day like I planned, but it is going really well. I can even feel a difference already. My body feels tighter and toner and my eating habits (although have always been pretty good) have improved even more and Chris and I have found so many new recipes, that HE ACTUALLY LIKES!

5. Still on a quest.

6. It's still pretty cold out, but on nice days Chris and I are sure to take our 4 mile walk around the town. Sounds kind of painful, but it is the perfect amount up level, uphill and downhill. I love our walks!

7. I have been doing A LOT more cooking and baking, but this is yet another year long goal.

8. I feel like I have improved tremendously. I've been writing a lot more letters and FB chatting and commenting and messaging .... I still totally <3 snail mail and I have been sending more, so I guess I'm doing well with this one too? I guess it's really up to my long distance buddies. So how am I doing? :D

Kisses&Hugs, Tiffany

30 Day Challenge #4

What are your views on religion? 

I myself, believe in God. I was raised in Church and even went to a private Christian high school. There were times when I was so entirely sick of having all of this religion crammed down my throat that I honestly just didn't care. I still believed in God, but stopped going to so many church services. You need a break sometimes to rediscover why you do the things you do. It refreshes you. I mean, church on Sunday mornings and evenings, church Wednesday evenings, bible class 2 days a week, chapel service on Wednesdays and all of the bible studies every day in between is a little tiring after a while. I still go to church, but when I feel that I need a break I take one. I read my bible at home, I pray. I'm not one of those holy rollers who think that everyone is doomed to Hell unless we're in church every time the doors are open. I think religion is something that everyone should discover on their own. Growing up I had many friends of different religions, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness .... They were all very open-minded people and were really great people to have had the pleasure of a friendship with. I learned so much from them and them from me. I think that no matter your religion, your views, it is so important to educate yourself on every religion out there, if not because you're questioning your own, but to defend what you believe as well. Know why you believe what you believe! Be able to explain it to someone who may have questions, we can all learn so much from each other, and believe it or not, we can all live together in peace. It can happen. People just need to learn to be understanding and tolerant, and that certainly goes for Christianity as well. I don't call myself a Christian, just because of the stigma that comes along with it. I do not hate others for being different than me. I do not hold myself above them. I am a firm believer that we all have our right to choose our way to live and even from a biblical stand-point, we all have free will. I would never stop a person's right to choose. I may not march for certain protests because I personally do not support, but that's the point of it all, a life style is a personal choice.

Kisses& Hugs, Tiffany

Horror Flick Friday

It's a bit of an understatement to say that George A. Romero is somewhat of a zombie expert, I mean he is the FIRST to delve into that genre of ultimate horror. He's kind of my hero. We owe all we have on modern zombies to this genius:

This weeks horror flick is:

Most of you, I'm sure, are familiar with the most recent rendition from 2004. It was good, I liked it, but nothing can touch Romero's original from 1978. I am IN LOVE with special effects make-up. This flick is nothing but! Lots of oozy blood and guts, brains and severed arms ....It's fantastic. The flick starts in a news studio in the middle of the chaos, so you're just thrown into it. Makes it even better. Like the most recent, it centers around a group of people trying to evade hordes of brain eating zombies, so of course, they end up in a mall. From there, it goes downhill with lots of zombie attacks and horrible deaths.

I highly recommend you watch the original first then the most recent. It's kind of amazing to see how far horror has come over the decades. And yes, I do realize that in the original they all seem to be wearing Noxzema masks. They have to do something to try and keep their skin moisturized. 

Also, this is very important! Aim for the head.

Kisses&Hugs, Tiffany

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sweet Treat Tuesday!

I'm normally not a big Valentine's Day celebrator, but this year I went a little crazy. The Hubs and I always celebrate with a nice dinner and the exchange of small gifts, nothing to fancy, and that's the way we like it. We save bigger celebrations for birthdays (I'm REALLY into big birthday celebrations). So when I got the itch to bake, I baked ALL DAY!

These are heart-shaped raspberry tarts! They're cute AND tasty and they were fun to make. Here's what I did:

 *First I made the filling so I could have it cooling while I made the pie crusts.
  1. You'll need 1 cup of whatever fruit you'd like (I used raspberries).
  2. Pit the fruit if needed.
  3. Combine (with fruit) 3 tbls of sugar, 2 tbls of water, 2 tbls of cornstarch, 1/4 tsp of almond extract in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Make sure to stir, stir, stir!
  5. Once it is brought to a boil immediately turn it to low and keep stirring. At this time makes sure the fruit is somewhat liquefied.
  6. Remove from stove and allow to cool. (After stirring and stirring mine, I put it in the fridge).
  7. Now your filling is complete!   
Now for the pie crusts! I was going to make it easier on myself by buying pre-made crusts (Hey! Ain't no shame!), but unfortunately the closest store is 30 minutes away and I just didn't feel like leaving my apartment, so I made it from scratch.

Now that you have made/opened your crusts, lay flat and make any shape you want! I had a old, old Wilton heart-shaped cookie cutter from ages ago so I used that! Don't have any shapes? Just cut them into little squares! They're still going to be super yummy!

After I had paired up all of pie crust hearts (They're so in luuuurrrrve!), I fetched the raspberry deliciousness from the fridge and dabbled just a tad in the center on one little heart. I then took the other, laid it on top and pressed the edges together with a fork. Now it will get messy and frankly with dark red raspberry sauce it somewhat looks like a valentine's massacre, just be careful not to smoosh all the sauce out by slowly pressing the VERY edges.

  • Note: The sauce may not be as thick as you'd like, just add cornstarch and stir. You can add as much as you feel you need, it'll still taste delicious!
  • Note: If ya want to, you can always add some yummy glaze to the tarts! 

Now, are you ready for an even easier treat recipe? I mean, it's a piece of cake. Well actually, easier than that. Here's what you'll need:
  • Milk, dark or white chocolate to melt.
  • Peanut butter
  • Mini-cupcake liners
  • Sprinkles!
*Here's what I did:
  1. I heated up the chocolate in the microwave, to me it's harder to scorch that way.
  2. I placed the mini-cupcake liners in my mini-muffin pan to keep them sturdy.
  3. I then filled the papers just enough to cover the bottom.
  4. I let them cool.
  5. I then placed a dollop of peanut butter in the center of each.
  6. I finished them by filling them to the top while making sure the sides of the peanut butter were full as well.
  7. Then? Get your sprinkle on and let them cool!

Kisses&Hugs, Tiffany!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

30 Day Challenge #3

What are your views on drugs and alcohol?

First off I want to say that everyone has the right to live their life the way they want. Of course there must be rules, guidelines and consequences for things that are done that are harmful to others. You want to drink? Fine. Just don't be stupid about it. Same thing for drugs. I do NOT support the use of homemade chemicals and disgusting crap. Marijuana? Though I wouldn't do it myself, what's so wrong with others wanting to? It should be regulated like alcohol and people should follow the basic rule of: Don't be stupid.

I just thought this was funny.

Kisses&Hugs, Tiffany

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